Washington University Occupational Therapy Services

Washington University Occupational Therapy Services is a part of the Washington University Physicians. We provide general and specialty patient care in the clinic, home, school, workplace and community environments.

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ot.wustl.edu 04/08/2021

OT Link Magazine | WUSTL Occupational Therapy

Take a look at the Sping 2021 issue of the OT Link! An informational publication showcasing the multiple areas across the Washington University Occupational Therapy Program. Check out a story highlighting our Lymphedema Services at the Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center and our collaborative efforts with
Washington University Plastic Surgery to develop a Center of Excellence! https://otservices.wustl.edu/for-patients/services-2/lymphedema-services/ #OTServices #OTLink #WashUMed

ot.wustl.edu Read issues of OT Link, the alumni newsletter of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine.

myemail.constantcontact.com 04/01/2021

No April Fool's Joke: Registration Now Open - Train Your Brain Summer Camp 2021

Happy April 1st everyone! We have some news and it's not a joke! Registration is now open for our 2021 Train Your Brain Summer Camp! http://otservices.wustl.edu/trainyourbrain Register now as we have reached capacity each year that we offer this Summer Camp! https://conta.cc/2PMgpvx

myemail.constantcontact.com A Summer Camp for parents and kids that support using critical executive function skills Download Document ‌ ‌


Today we recognize our Physician colleagues and partners and strive to work with you toward providing the best healthcare possible! Let’s keep pushing Medicine forward for all! #NationalDoctorsDay #OTServices

Today is National Doctors' Day. We recognize our truly incredible physicians who care, heal, problem-solve, educate and innovate every day. Thank you for all that you do. #DoctorsDay

bjc.org 03/25/2021

How to Stay Safe During Spring Travel

Some tips from our colleagues at BJC HealthCare and the CDC to keep in mind if you are considering traveling this Spring.

bjc.org if you just can’t bear the thought of staying home, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risks.


Our Stroke Clinic was in full swing this week, working with patients on specific task-based occupations to help with their rehab. The clinic is run by current OT students who are overseen and directed by our licensed OT’s. https://otservices.wustl.edu #OTServices #OTStrokeClinic

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Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

The Stephen A. Orthwein Center at Paraquad invites you to a virtual Grand Opening on March 3rd at 4:30 pm! Formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, the Center has been renamed in honor of Stephen Orthwein, the famous professional polo player whose spinal cord injury made him an advocate for adapted exercise. The Center has undergone renovations, introduced new equipment, and launched a one-on-one service model that make it a regional destination for people with disabilities seeking post-rehabilitation and intensive exercise opportunities.
Join Tricia Creel, PT, DPT, NCS, Director of the Orthwein Center, on a virtual walkthrough where you’ll see the equipment, meet some of the people already benefiting, and learn how to join and support this unique program.
Register (required) to be a part of the virtual experience.

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It's time again for the latest issue of the #OTClinicalConnection. In the February issue, our clinicians are providing "self-care" routine tips for heart health, tips for shoveling more of the dreaded... snow and we've launched a new Infant Toddler Autism Program (ITAP). Give the issue a read here: https://conta.cc/3aVB9cA http://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #OTNews


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Occupational therapy students are looking into the interest of starting an aphasia support group for stroke survivors. We are looking for individuals who have aphasia to answer 20 questions about the quality of life and participation. Please use the link below to participate in this short survey. Thank you for your consideration.


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With the start of a new year, we want to highlight the clinical publication and journal work that our Therapists accomplished in 2020. In this issue of the #OTClinicalConnection we shared the publications and journals that our Therapists provided clinical expertise on, safety tips for your 2021 workout routine, and ways to stay FOCUSED on your 2021 goals! https://conta.cc/3qWn4kb
https://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #OTClinicalConnection


Don't forget this Saturday, January 30th we are hosting a Winter STEM Booster Session! This will be a great event for kids and a supervising parent/adult! Help us share the word! Space is limited signup today! https://otservices.wustl.edu/TYBWinter #OTServices #TYBWinterSession

bjc.org 01/21/2021

Pre-Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine

For those interested in receiving a vaccine in Missouri and Illinois, BJC has launched a pre-registration website to get your COVID-19 vaccination.



We all know students have been learning and completing their school work differently this year, we want to offer them and their parents a chance to participate in a Winter STEM Booster Session!

Help us share the word and details about this event that will be taking place Saturday, January 30th in the OT Auditorium at 4444 Forest Park Ave. Space is limited signup today! https://otservices.wustl.edu/TYBWinter #OTServices #TYBWinterSession

medicine.wustl.edu 01/13/2021

Fauci to discuss COVID-19 during online med school event Jan. 7 | Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis hosted Dr. Fauci during an online Grand Rounds event on January 7th. Take a minute and listen to some updates he provided. https://wustl.app.box.com/s/31bxe2z1k8s0aijz3qfpz51nuz4gxlpc #WUSM #GrandRounds

medicine.wustl.edu Lecture hosted by Department of Medicine will be available online to public


Warm Wishes For A Happy Holiday Season & A Prosperous New Year from Washington University Occupational Therapy!

View our Holiday Card: https://conta.cc/34Cthci
http://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #Holidays2020

goodmorningamerica.com 12/24/2020

Health care worker's COVID-19 poem: 'At the end of each shift I’m taking you home'

Some powerful words from our Alumna, Lizzy Pesch, MSOT ‘16 and a current OT on the frontlines at BJC HealthCare. Her emotional poem was on Good Morning America’s website! Take the time and read her amazing words!

goodmorningamerica.com Lizzy Pesch, an occupational therapist, has been treating COVID-positive patients since April.


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

“After A Tough Year, This Is Where We Shine!” - Dean David H. Perlmutter, MD #WashUMed #OTServices

“We are used to being on the frontiers of science and medical care, bringing skill and compassion to our greatest challenges,” said Dean David H. Perlmutter, MD, reflecting on the past year at #WashUMed. “This is where we shine.”


Some of the most promising words we’ve seen during 2020. “The beginning of COVID’s end.” #OTServices #WashUMyBestShot

Sam Bhayani, MD, Chief Medical Officer, visited the COVID-19 vaccination site yesterday. #WashUMyBestShot


This holiday season may not resemble those of years past but as you consider gifts for loved-ones think about our virtual service offerings for those beginning a journey with dementia, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (https://otservices.wustl.edu/cst), or those who may be going through a Life Transition (https://otservices.wustl.edu/items/life-transitions/) and are wanting to evaluate what their next steps should look like. This could be in their career, in their personal health & wellbeing or in retirement. We're here to help! #OTServices #GiftsofWellbeing #VirtualServices


As we get ready to celebrate and give thanks tomorrow help us spread some holiday safety tips for the kitchen and socially-distanced events in our latest issue of the #OTClinicalConnection. In addition, we have some advice to help manage stress this holiday season and we're excited to announce a new pediatric visual disorders service! Take a look here: https://conta.cc/3fwBAuz and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! https://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #OTClinicalConnection

tics.wustl.edu 11/17/2020

Tics Study (ages 5-10)

Help our colleague, Dr. Kevin Black with his Tic Disorder study that he is currently conducting. Share the word with those who may be able to be participants in the study! #OTServices #ticdisorder

tics.wustl.edu Research • Resources • Treatment


Join us this Wednesday, November 18th at 2:00pm as our OT Lisa Carson, OTD, OTR/L will be participating in a Virtual Panel titled: Understanding Dementia with our community partners The Sheridan at Chesterfield. To register please RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 314-225-532. Please help us share the word about this great panel and Dementia-related services! https://otservices.wustl.edu/items/cognitive-stimulation-therapy #OTServices #OTCST


As your gearing up for Halloween festivities this weekend take a look at our latest edition of the #OTClinicalConnection! Our therapists have provided some great tips on pumpkin carving safety, preparing for Halloween, and upcoming holiday festivities during the pandemic and we give a shout out to one of our Pediatric OT's that recently presented her research at a virtual international conference.
View our newsletter: https://conta.cc/35EGHEg
https://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #OTNews


American Society of Hand Therapists

Our colleagues at the American Society of Hand Therapists have created another fantastic video on sports injuries! Take a minute to watch and if you find yourself needing hand therapy don't hesitate to contact the Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center! https://otservices.wustl.edu/milliken #OTServices #ASHT #HandTherapy

ASHT is excited to release a new video on sports injuries as part of our series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips.

Hand therapists frequently see a variety of sports injuries -- most commonly trauma or overuse. Learn more about common injuries and conditions treated by a hand therapist, including gamekeeper's thumb, little league elbow, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, fractures and joint dislocations. This video also covers injury prevention tips and special considerations for youth athletes.

For more information or to learn more about the American Society of Hand Therapists, please visit www.asht.org.


Take a minute to look at the latest issue of the #OTClinicalConnection! Great information from our therapists about Ergonomic Form & Raking Leaves and new services being offered in the areas of Lymphedema treatment and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is now being offered virtually for those with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers/family members. https://conta.cc/3cLPU0U #OTServices #OTClinicalConnection #OTNews


Barnes-Jewish Hospital

It's time to Roll up your sleeves, St. Louis.

Learn more about the importance of Flu Shots: http://VaccinateSTL.org #OTServices #VaccinateSTL

Roll up your sleeves, St. Louis! We are proud to work with our regional health care colleagues to highlight the need to get your flu shots!

For more information, visit http://VaccinateSTL.org.

Mercy, SSM Health, St. Luke's Hospital - St. Louis, KSDK News, KMOV, Fox2Now, KMOX News


In our August issue of the #OTClinicalConnection, it's all about providing resources to the community! We talk about our Student-Run Stroke Clinic, A Handwriting & Motor Control Study, and opportunities available this fall from Washington University Occupational Therapy for those experiencing Spinal Cord Injuries/disease. Please take a minute to read the good news and share it with your friends and neighbors! https://conta.cc/3gBTg6E #OTServices #OTNews https://otservices.wustl.edu/

web-extract.constantcontact.com 08/27/2020

Stretched too thin?

Take a look at our colleagues from ComForCare Home Care and their recent newsletter. One of our OT's, Stephanie Stegman, MOT, OTR/L recently spoke with their Owner, Shawn Rimerman for his radio show that will air on 97.1 FM Talk this Saturday, August 29th at 7:00am! If your up, take the time to listen in! #OTServices #OTonTheAir



Do you have or know a right-handed 4th or 5th grader? Would they be interested in participating in a handwriting study that could earn them $15 for an hour of their time? Please share this information with them as we are looking for participants! There will be some equipment that will need to be dropped off and picked up from the participant so this is limited to those in the St. Louis area. #OTServices #OTResearch #HandwritingStudy


Washington University Orthopedics

Are you experiencing thumb pain? Take a look at our Washington University Orthopedics colleagues. Our Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center OT's and PT's work very closely with our Orthopedic providers to provide a team-based approach to patient care. #OTServices #HandTherapy

It’s painful and makes simple tasks like opening jars or gripping doorknobs difficult. We’re talking about arthritis at the base of your thumb, and it happens when the cartilage in your carpometacarpal (CMC) joint wears away. Thumb arthritis is common and treatable, and hand specialists Ryan Calfee, MD, MSc, and Lindley Wall, MD, MSc, discuss how to diagnose CMC arthritis and what treatment options are available to help patients find relief.


The July edition of the #OTClinicalConnection has arrived! Our therapists provided some great articles on Scars & The Sun, UV Safety Month, and a program we're collaborating with Aging Ahead on, Map Your Path To Well-Being! Take a few minutes and see what our Clinical Practice has going on! Don't hesitate to share the information with your friends! https://conta.cc/30bh9gE https://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #OTClinicalConnection


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Take a minute to listen to #WashUMed faculty and students talk about Medicaid expansion in Missouri and what it means for our state. #OTServices #YesOn2

“Vote yes on Amendment 2 to allow our state to care for all of our residents.” #WashUMed faculty and students talk about what Medicaid expansion in Missouri means for Missourians. #YesOn2


We've recently launched a resources page for our Breast Cancer Services offered through the Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. If you know of someone or are experiencing your own journey with Breast Cancer visit our webpage for helpful resources and support. We appreciate your help in sharing this information with those who may be seeking community resources. https://otservices.wustl.edu/breast-cancer-services/ #OTServices #BreastCancerServices


Do you know parents who are still looking for summer activities/camp for their kids this summer? We've got you covered, we have room left in 2 of our Train Your Brain Summer Camp sessions. Help us share the word with parents and families! Both of these sessions are in August, 3-7th and 10 -14th.

This year's theme focuses on bridges and will incorporate fun activities for children to design and test the strength and durability of different bridge types while spending equal time using strategies for time management, organization, attention, and emotional – regulation. We look forward to seeing our campers! #OTServices #PediatricOT #TrainYourBrainSummerCamp https://conta.cc/2VGuNph
Find Details Here: https://otservices.wustl.edu/items/trainyourbrain/
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We're all getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July but don't forget fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled properly and accidents do happen. Take a look at our Firework Safety Tip Sheet! #OTServices #fireworksafety https://otservices.wustl.edu/

ksdk.com 07/02/2020

Doctors worry about more injuries from fireworks this year

Great job Emily Pitassi, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT at Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center talking with Mike Bush KSDK about Fireworks & Hand Safety! A few quotes worth mentioning again that Emily stated during the interview, "My advice to parents, especially if you have young children would be never let young children hold or light the fireworks," and "For those young kids, "says Pitassi, "I encourage them to seek an alternate activity that they might enjoy." You can view our Firework Safety Tip Sheet here:https://otservices.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Hand-Safety-with-Fireworks.pdf https://otservices.wustl.edu/ #OTServices #FireworkSafety

ksdk.com With most professional fireworks shows shut down because of the coronavirus, medical professionals are concerned that more people will make their own fireworks shows

Providing Occupational Therapy when and where you need it most

Washington University Occupational Therapy provides specialized therapy services through multiple lines of business; Community Practice and Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center, both entitites are staffed by licensed OT’s and Milliken also has PT’s on staff. The graph below depicts the core strenghs and key differentiators of Washington University Occupational Therapy.

 OT Education Providers - In addition to being the clinical division, we are also educators in the field. So not only can we educate future OT’s, we can educate patients and physicians. We are able to do this because we are located in an academic program that has national recognition and visibility.

 Team-Based Continuum of Care - Because we are WashU OT our affiliation with physicians and being able to be in clinic with these physicians gives us the ability to provide a team-based approach to patient care. This allows for a continuum of care where the patient can feel confident that their primary physician they are seeing for their condition or disease knows their case, but they also have the comfort of knowing the recommended OT is working side-by-side with that physician on their case and that all care-providers want the best outcome for them.

 Evidence & Outcome Centered Care - WashU OT provides evidence-based care, we have the clinical expertise and data to back-up the assessments and care methods that we recommend to patients as well as outcome evidence.

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